Darrel Thompson is the former Deputy Chief of Staff for Intergovernmental and External Affairs to U.S. Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid. In this role, Mr. Thompson advised the Majority Leader on international labor and employment issues, such as workplace rules and regulations, business and labor negotiations, job growth and protection, social justice issues involving the faith and African-American communities, and issues before the Senate that affect the District of Columbia. Mr. Thompson’s unique position with Majority Leader Reid had also placed him at the forefront of numerous debates and issues involving transportation, renewable energy, health care, education, women, labor, housing, and economic development.
Prior to joining Senator Reid, he was the Chief of Staff for the Barack Obama for U.S. Senate campaign. Mr. Thompson also served as the Finance Chief of Staff and National Political Advisor for Congressman Richard Gephardt’s 2004 presidential campaign. Additionally, he served in several senior positions over a five-year period during Mr. Gephardt’s tenure as House Democratic Leader. Mr. Thompson was also the Deputy Executive Director of the House Democratic Caucus.
Prior to his official congressional service, Mr. Thompson was the Financial Services Director at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) where he was responsible for all political fundraising operations. During his three-year period at the DCCC, he consulted for over 100 congressional campaigns on fundraising, campaign operations, and voter turnout. He has also managed and served as senior staff on legislative, congressional, and gubernatorial campaigns.
Thompson was born in Washington, DC and raised in both the District and Baltimore, Maryland. He has lived in the District for nearly 20 years and he and his wife, Dr. Britt Weinstock, reside in the NE section of Capitol Hill. He holds a Master in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in Political Science from Morgan State University.